The tour covered many of the watershed’s 5,000 acres where the UW Discovery Farms Program, part of UW-Extension, monitors the edge of farm fields, the West Fork Kickapoo River and the Jersey Valley Lake. The goal of the Jersey Valley Watershed Project, now in its fifth year, is to gain a better understanding of water quality in the area and how farm practices influence water quality downstream.
Columbia County’s cornfields appear, for all the world, to be showing Packer pride.
They’re green. They’re gold. In some cases, the contrast is apparent even in the same row in a field.
For a while in late July and early to mid August, University of Wisconsin-Extension Columbia County Agriculture Agent George Koepp was concerned that a protracted dry spell, at about the time the corn was starting to tassel, would cause a drop in yield on fields with sandy, porous soil.
The first Master Gardener class in Wausau was held in 1995 with six students. Another class was held in 1998, and NCWMG was then formally organized in 1998, beginning with six members meeting at the Marathon County Courthouse. Elaine Heil-Stark (deceased) was the first president. The association includes Lincoln and Marathon counties and maintains an active membership of more than 80 volunteers.
Summer is winding down. The cool nights are a forecast of what’s to come. I will be getting my old blankets, sheets and tarps ready for the first frost forecast. If you cover your plants when the first frost arrives, the should be able to survive long enough to get to a few more weeks of warm growing weather.
Bring houseplants indoors the first week of September. Apply cover crops to all your gardens even if you are still harvesting. I have always used annual oats, but I also know field peas are good to add nitrogen to the soil. I recently found out that you can get a 50 pound bag of an oat and field pea mix at the co-ops for a very reasonable price.
All indications are that Wisconsin corn growers are likely to harvest a record-high average per-acre yield of corn grain in the coming months.
Two of those indications are the early August prediction of an average yield of 163 bushels per acre — up by 1 bushel from the record set in 2010 — and the observations by University of Wisconsin Extension Service corn agronomist Joe Lauer.
Forage legume species such as red or white clover, birdsfoot trefoil, and alfalfa are important plant contributors to productivity and quality of beef pastures in the Upper Midwest and elsewhere. Most notable among the many characteristics of forage legumes is their ability to fix nitrogen in a symbiotic partnership with the rhizobia bacteria that colonize root nodules of host legume plants. This partnership reduces the need for adding nitrogen fertilizer to pastures when legumes comprise 30 – 40% or more of the stand, reducing or eliminating need for nitrogen fertilizer applications.
There are several methods for introducing legumes into pastures. Ideally, legumes are included in the seeding mix of newly established pastures, but frost seeding (broadcasting seed on frozen ground during late winter freeze/thaw events) and direct seeding with a no-till drill are also common methods of introducing legumes into established grass stands. Information on seeding rates, recommended varieties, agronomic and pasture management information for pastures is available at the UW Extension Team Forage and Grazing Resources websites: http://fyi.uwex.edu/forage/ and http://fyi.uwex.edu/grazres.
The wine industry in Wisconsin has really grown over the past 15 years from 13 in 2000 to about 130 wineries last year, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern.
The industry in 2013 generated more than 700 jobs in Wisconsin, about $51.7 million in total income for employees, about $151 million in sales and nearly $9 million in state and local taxes, according to a 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension study on the economic impact of wineries and vineyards
Bob Wipperfurth was talking about the Statz family who hosted the 2015 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at their Sun Prairie, Dane County farm. Wipperfurth served as the executive chair of the Farm Technology Days committee.
“There also was a great amount of traffic in Progress Pavilion, with attendees asking lots of questions of University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists,” Brancel said.
The pavilion was filled with experts on weeds, insects, soil, plants, water quality, wildlife, 4-H and much more.
WASHBURN — The Large Scale Livestock Study Committee listened to a presentation from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Dr. Robert Thiboldeaux during their meeting on Thursday afternoon.
UW Extension Agriculture Agent Jason Fischbach began presenting possible actions regarding preliminary surface water quality findings of fact and regulatory action options but time ran out and the presentation will be finished at a different meeting.
The Saxon/Anderson option emerged from the meeting as likely the best choice to pursue with grant funding, as the county already owns the towers. Hurley was also a popular option, however, it was unclear as to who owned the towers. The Pine Lake option was deemed the last option for pursuing through grants because the Department of Natural Resources owns the tower — although the county is exploring the possibility of acquiring it — and its range would serve enough homes that Brandon Yuchasz with GogebicRange.net said his company was considering pursuing using the tower for broadband access without the county’s assistance.
Will Andresen, with the University of Wisconsin’s Iron County Extension Office, said the best option to convince people to fund the infrastructure improvements necessary to expand broadband access is by highlighting the economic benefits the improved access would bring.
A small sticker with a specific identification number will be carefully placed on the butterfly’s wing, allowing the butterfly to be tracked as it flies from Ashland to the southern United States and into Mexico.
The tagging program will use materials and methods from the citizen science project Monarch Watch. This program has been responsible for more than 16,000 identification recoveries of monarchs, helping to track their movement throughout their 3,000-mile migration.
The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center is owned by the U.S. Forest Service and operated through partnership with the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin Historical Society, University of Wisconsin-Extension and Friends of the Center Alliance Ltd. It is open to the public at no charge with opportunities for visitors to experience human and natural history of the Chequamegon Bay region in the building and on the 180-acre grounds.
Linking farmers who want to exit the business with those who want to enter has been a challenge.
Dr. Heather Schlesser stopped by NewsChannel 7 at Noon on Thursday to talk about a new program designed to change that. It’s called “Getting into or out of Farming.”
Not only does it link the farmers, it’s a chance for beginning farmers to have an opportunity to work with existing facilities and animals in order to start farming. It also helps exiting farmers to gradually transition out of farming.
For more information, call the UW-Extension in Marathon County at (715)-261-1239.
My lawn has become more weeds than grass. Although it is green, I think I have reached the point where I should try to increase the amount of grass. Is there a way I can regain my lawn without using chemicals? — Linda, Racine.
Sometimes when the weed population has overtaken the grass population, the best method for improvement is complete lawn renovation. This, however, is a time consuming process and very pricey, perhaps not what you had in mind.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Greg Blonde, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, agriculture agent, recently received the 2015 Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agriculture Agents during the group’s annual meeting last month in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This award is given to Extension agents with more than 10 years of service who have exhibited excellence in the field of Extension education.
Farmers are now taking new measures to keep any new outbreaks isolated and small.
“I think even the farms that have not had it have installed some new things. I know some have built perimeter fences for example,” said UW-Extension Poultry Specialist Ron Kean. “Some have put in some truck washes the tires of feed trucks and things like that coming in.”